A beautiful story of support and love

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A beautiful story of support and love
Tue, 04-01-2003 - 3:19am
A friend of mine and her friend began thinking of ways they could help those who were wounded and here in Germany. They took it to their church and came up with cards and donated monies to help purchase things that the soldiers would need.

They set off yesterday and arrived to find out that Wal-Mart, AAFES and Land's End (who are sending 500 sweatsuits!!!!) were supporting these soldiers as well. But they were met with open arms and a need for shoes. So Sherry and Debbie took the monies they had and purchased 27 pairs of shoes. Here is a snipet of the email I received from Sherry.

"We talked with two wounded soldiers. One young man was in a wheel chair and the other had pushed him down to the donations room to get some civilian clothes. The man pushing already had on his sweat suit and shoes he wore a smile but he also wore war wounds. His arms were wrapped in thick bandages. I have no idea what happened and could never have asked him to tell me. I can only imagine. The soldier in the wheelchair was in his hospital gown.

There were only a few shoes to choose from and none in his size. Loretta had us put ours in a storage room to be sorted. The sad soldier looked up and said, “Do you have shoes?” I said with a humbled smile, “Yes, we have many brands and sizes – we just brought them into the storage room. Would you like a pair?” He said, “If that is ok, yes.” I asked what size and he said, “9 ½…..please.” We tucked a card in the box that we had made at church and returned to him with his shoes. I laid the box in his lap, removed the lid for him and he smiled. He and his friend both smiled and said, “Thank you, thank you so much. You are so kind.” I had to fight the tears. I could not believe he was thanking US!! It told both of them, “No, THANK YOU for all that you have done!” His buddy, in high spirits, gladly took a card that we brought for him as well. I smiled at them through tears and we said good bye, take care. A moment I will never forget."

The power of prayer, love and hope are never expensive. No matter how small or how large the gesture it is always appreciated.


Edited 4/1/2003 4:21:17 AM ET by cl-americanarose

Edited 4/1/2003 4:24:40 AM ET by cl-americanarose


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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 6:31am
Thank you for sharing Rosemary! What a wonderful story!
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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 7:31am
Rose what a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing that, it brightened my day. I am glad that there are people like that out there.


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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 7:40am

Thank you for sharing! This is just wonderful !!


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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 8:06am
Wow. Thank you for sharing that with us. All this mess makes us appreciate the small things, doesn't it? Praying that this is all over soon.


:) Melissa

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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 8:20am
Wow, that brought tears to my eyes! It's nice to hear things like that. Thanks for sharing!


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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 8:29am
How wonderful, Rose. My heart is so full right now thinking of how much your friends improved the morale of those wounded.

At the risk of starting to cry - that's all I can write right now. I watched "We were soldiers" yesterday and I've been on the verge of crying hard since then.

Thinking of you, Jill

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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 8:53am
What a beautiful gesture from your friends. I was actually moved to tears by it.

Ever so humbled by the sacrafice made by our guys...


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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 9:50am
beautiful!! made me cry, the gift of love is so powerful

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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 10:06am
Okay, now I'm bawling my eyes out. That was a beautiful story Rose.


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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 10:50am
Thanks for making me cry Rose! What a sweet gesture! It never occured to me that the wounded soldiers wouldn't have clothes & shoes to wear! I think what your friends are doing is FANTASTIC!!